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Old 09-14-2017, 10:30 AM
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gas tank for 1931 ford model t. the one I have is full of pin holes and the inside is rusted. Any recommendations on the possibilty of lining the original gas tank so it can be used. I would appreciate feed back. Just starting on this project. Taking it for sandblasting next week. Thanks

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Old 09-14-2017, 10:59 AM
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Well first off a 1931 Ford isn't a Model T it's a Model A.

Secondly what are you going to have sandblasted? This is a VERY common mistake in that things are sand blasted while assembled (HUGE MISTAKE), this happens a lot! I have a 70 Mustang at the shop right now that the entire thing, suspension and all was sandblasted together!

SO NOT have the body panels sand blasted, fenders, that's ok, they have so many curves they are pretty safe if the guy has a clue to what he is doing. But as far as the doors and body and trunk lid, DO NOT blast those unless you know a LOT about the guy doing it. Things like that are RUINED every day. I have a pretty experienced guy myself and he DESTROYED a 28 Buick door for me once. Maybe he had someone else do it, teaching his 12 year old boy maybe, I don't know but it was DESTROYED!

Thirdly, don't sand blast the whole thing at once. Do a few things at a time so you can stay in control of getting epoxy primer on them and that sort of thing. It is VERY EASY to be overwhelmed by this stuff, even for a pro.

On your gas tank, sorry, I have nothing for you.

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you will have to cut and patch it or replace the tank. no sealer is going to work .
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I cant seem to find a tank. Didnt know if there was some way to maybe put a liner in the tank in order to use it
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:38 AM
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best bet is to have it vatted and take it to a sheet metal shop and have the bad area cut out and replaced. in 45 years of doing this i have never seen a tank sealant that worked .
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The car is all taken apart. So everything will be done separately. We have had good luck with the sandblasting part. They have done several for us. I will keep looking for a tank or like Shine recommended, vat it and replace with sheet metal. Thanks for the response.
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I am not sure where your tank is located but there are places like Macs antique auto that can get repop tanks reasonable. There is another place that sells tanks and it is called "Tanks inc" I would not waste any more time on a tank that is in that condition. You will fix one spot then another spot will start to leak, then another and tanks are cheap compared to the costs of a fire!

I would also not use any sloshing compound on the tank as the fuels today with the alcohol, you don't know how those things interact. It may be it won't affect the coating or maybe it will turn it into goo after say a year.

If you must have a oem tank you might look on fordbarn.com. they have a lot of good used parts there.
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I would replace the tank.. Not even go there with an old tank.. This is a hot rod right? I use fuel cells. If this is a 100 point restoration then that is a cat of a different coat..

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only option for model A is saddle tanks or a 32 tank. no one i know of repops model A tanks.
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